Edinburgh International Climbing Arena

At EICA: Ratho, you can challenge yourself on hundreds of climbing routes, tackle boulders both in the arena and a dedicated boulder room, or jump into a vertical playground at Clip ‘n Climb – a beginner-friendly set of 15 climbing elements for ages four and above.

We’re not all ropes and rocks, too. Take the kids on a whirlwind day out where they can climb into the Scrambles soft play area. Or, if you want to get down to business, we’ve also got conference facilities for board meetings and a hireable reception room with views second to none. To get a feel for what we offer, take a look at our facilities

If it’s your first time climbing or first time visiting EICA, then you’ll need to fill in a form which confirms you are aware of the terms and conditions and potential risks involved.

Speed up the registration process and fill in this form before you arrive, then you’ll be able to hit the ground running when you get here. You’ll need to renew this form every three years. All climbers new to EICA will be asked to complete a competency test on arrival.

Getting into climbing is easier than you think. 

In as little as 3 hours you could be ready for your own adventure...

Climbing is not only great exercise for your body and brain, it's also super social - perfecting for making new friends.

There's no experience necessary on our Introduction and Entry level courses, so going climbing doesn't need to be a leap of faith. Our expert instructors are on hand to make sure you have a blast!

Just pick a course, chalk up, and you're ready to climb! Click Here to find a course. 

Test your climbing and have some fun at EICA 24th to 31st January for our auto belay competition.

There's also the chance to win some prizes as part of our prize draw - Click here for full details and T&Cs

It's free to enter too! Just pay your usual entry fee or if you're a member swipe your card, and get climbing. 

There's a challenge for all ages and abilities, with a range of specially set routes to have a shot at over the week. If you're under 18 you can still enter but will need to be supervised by an adult or self-certified.

It's simple to enter! Just pick up a scorecard at the climber's office in the arena and you're good to go. Make sure to return your scorecard by 31st January for your score to be counted. 

Are you scaling the heights on a pay-and-play basis? If so, we’ve got the perfect card for you! Our Climb Loyalty Card allows you to collect points every time you climb with us, then redeem them for free climbs!

Get your card online now or ask for one at reception next time you’re in.

Click here to see full terms and conditions. 


Keep up to date with the newest routes and problems at EICA.

Our busy routesetters are always refreshing different routes and problems in the centre. So there's always something new to try whether you are lead climbing, top roping, on the auto belays, or just in for a boulder.

Click below and see which routes or boulders have been reset most recently and see what is due to be changed soon. 

Venue Opening Hours

Monday 07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 22:00
Thursday 07:00 - 22:00
Friday 07:00 - 22:00
Saturday 08:00 - 18:00
Sunday 08:00 - 18:00
Monday 10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 22:00
Thursday 10:00 - 22:00
Friday 10:00 - 22:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00
Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:30
Sunday 09:00 - 17:30
Monday 09:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 18:00
Friday 09:00 - 18:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
Monday 09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00
Monday 07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 22:00
Thursday 07:00 - 22:00
Friday 07:00 - 22:00
Saturday 08:00 - 18:00
Sunday 08:00 - 18:00

Opening hours for specific activities may differ from venue opening.


Clip ‘n Climb is the latest action attraction for all the family - for ages 4-84!

Thrilling fun for everyone with cleverly designed climbing challenges offering a new entertaining activity at Europe’s largest indoor climbing arena. Reaching new heights never looked so good!

Challenge yourself, challenge your friends in our exciting and colourful indoor adventure playground with 15 climbing elements providing a range of features and levels suitable for children and adults.

If you don't have your own equipment you can hire what you need from the reception at EICA. We can hire out:

Harness:   £3 (Adults)     £2 (Juniors)

Shoes:   £3 (Adults)     £2 (Juniors)

Helmet:   £2

Belay Device:   £1

All the equipment can be picked up from the desk in the climbing arena, with the exception of belay devices which are picked up at reception. Just show a member of staff at the desk your receipt and they will get your equipment. 

We aren't able to hire out chalk, chalk bag, bags, or brushes but these can be purchased at reception.

We are committed to reducing single use items at Edinburgh Leisure.

Bring a reusable cup to any Café Refresh and save 15p on any hot drink.


Find Us

On the west side of Edinburgh, just beyond the Newbridge junction of the M8 and M9, five miles beyond Edinburgh Airport. Situated on the B7030 which joins the A71 (Edinburgh to Livingston) with the A89 (which passes Newbridge) - the entrance driveway is marked with a big orange pillar at the end of the road.

  • Edinburgh International Climbing Arena: Ratho, South Platt Hill, Newbridge, EH28 8AA
  • 0131 333 6333
  • info.ratho@edinburghleisure.co.uk


  •   By Bus: Services by Lothian Buses Baird Road Bus 20 (then 1 mile walk along NCR754)
  •   By Car: Please follow our directions as some sat nav's and GPS devices do not take you to the correct place when inserting the post code.

Climb Loyalty Card Terms and Conditions

  • 8 points will be awarded for every £1 spent.  1 point equates to £0.01 redemption value.
  • Points can only be redeemed when there are enough to pay in full for a casual climb.  Points cannot be used to part pay for a casual climb.
  • Points can only be redeemed for a casual climb, not redeemable on retail products/refreshments.
  • Card must be swiped at reception prior to climbing in order to earn points.
  • Loyalty card only available to casual climb customers.  Not available to climb members or discount card holders.

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